Stephens Co. June Unemployment Numbers Released

Stephens County’s June unemployment numbers show mixed results.

According to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County had a preliminary June unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.

That is four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the revised May unemployment rate for Stephens County, which was 6.8 percent.

This June’s unemployment rate in Stephens County is 1.2 percentage points lower than the revised June 2013 rate of 8.4 percent.

The Labor Department says this June’s Stephens County labor force totaled 13,197. That is slightly down from May’s labor force of 13,218, but it is slightly more than the June 2013 labor force for the county of 13,149.

Also, the Labor Department says 12,243 people in Stephens County were employed this June. While that is less than May’s figure of 12,313, it is more than the 12,042 from Stephens County that were employed in June 2013.

Looking at other area counties, Franklin County saw a six-tenth of a percentage point jump in its preliminary unemployment rate in June to 8.6 percent; Habersham County’s preliminary June unemployment rate was up two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.1 percent; and Banks County saw its preliminary June unemployment rate go up three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the statewide unemployment rate was also up, but adds that is due to seasonal factors like summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing.